Articles & Advisories

The Inside Pages: Two Recent Decisions Worth Noting

The past few months have seen the inside pages of the law journal abound with decisions of interest. Indeed, while cover stories surely make their mark, opinions under cover are no less significant, and are worthy of reporting. The decisions in In re Berk and In re Smith are cases...

The Digital Footprint After Death: Who Wears the Shoes?

Written by:  Peter B. Skelos, Lesli P. Hiller and Robert M. Harper Email, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Tumbler, online banking, online shopping, and other forms of electronic communications, comprise our digital footprint. They are seemingly ubiquitous and omnipresent in the life of our business, social, and personal affairs. But, on...

State’s Battle Against Firefighting Foam Intensifies

A new lawsuit, letters from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) to Superfund and brownfield sites across the state, and a bill awaiting the governor’s action all seem to have at least one thing in common. They are targeting the existence of the chemicals perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS)...

The Comprehensive Plan’s Essential Role in Zoning

A zoning regulation that is not adopted in accordance with a comprehensive plan is vulnerable to a court challenge. One of the most basic principles of zoning law is that a local government’s zoning must be “in accordance with a comprehensive plan.” In this regard, it is important to keep in...

To C or Not to C?

Louis Vlahos, partner at Farrell Fritz is mentioned in this article. C-Corp offers tax treasures and traps as new code takes effect Business people lately are eager to form or continue as C-corporations in light of lower taxes for these entities under new laws, but accountants said the devil may be in...

Who’s Who in Real Property & Tax Certiorari Law – Willets S. Meyer

Willets S. Meyer is a partner at Farrell Fritz, P. C. in Uniondale. Meyer concentrates his practice in real estate tax reduction/abatement on behalf of developers, owners and tenants of commercial and residential properties throughout New York State. He is a well-known speaker in the Long Island real estate marketplace,...

Who’s Who in Health Care Professionals & Health Care Law – Kristina M. Wesch

Kristina M. Wesch is a partner at Farrell Fritz, PC in Uniondale. Wesch focuses on corporate mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations (both in and out of bankruptcy), and general corporate matters, with a specific focus on the healthcare industry. Wesch represents hospitals, physicians, retirement communities and other types of for-profit and not-for-profit...

Will, Trusts & Estates: Plain and Simple – Back to Basics: Wills & Revocable Trusts

Wills and revocable trusts basically do the same thing - each is a document in which you give away your assets to your beneficiaries upon your death.  Both can be revoked and changed whenever and as often as you desire.  In fact, a revocable trust is also known as a "will...

Healthcare Industry Transformation Drives Need for a Place at the Regulatory Table

The past decade has seen a radical reimagining of the health care industry in New York and around the nation—a transformation that has already reinvented the way hospitals, physicians, and nursing homes serve their patients and are paid for their services. Twelve years after the final report of the New York...

Your “Baby” is Heading to College

While we may know better, an 18-year-old college student is generally considered an adult under New York law. Your rights as a parent to make decisions for your child change suddenly when he/she turns age 18. You no longer have complete access to your child's financial, education and health records,...

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